Athens was a one of the ports of call on my Greek Islands cruise. It is a beautiful city, and the historic sites are amazing. The touristy shopping area of Plaka was fun to traverse. I would love to go back and spend more time in this wonderful city.
A couple of days prior to our scheduled arrival in Athens, our ship’s captain announced we would be rearranging our scheduled ports because there was a general strike called in Athens on the day we were supposed to be there. We went the day before, and you could indeed see crowds gathering to protest the drastic economic measures being imposed in Greece. The next day- from Mykonos- we watch CNN’s coverage of riots in Athens.
A note to Middle Tennesseans visiting the Athens Parthenon… I would avoid making cute remarks about how our (Nashville’s) Parthenon is better maintained than theirs. They will not be amused.